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Big Apple Babies

Big Apple Babies is a series that takes a glance at the pedigrees and sales histories of select 2-year-olds who are making their debuts in maiden special weight races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Many of history’s best horses have commenced their careers in New York, and Big Apple Babies will help fans find the stars of tomorrow as they head postward for the first time.



Jon Forbes



SOUPER FUNNY (chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—Zoftig, by Cozzene) is a half-brother to a pair of Grade 1 Acorn winners: Zaftig, who won the race in 2005, and this year’s winner Zo Impressive. Their dam, who has produced three winners from four foals to race, was also a Grade 1 winner as a 3-year-old, taking the Selene Stakes.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Joel Rosario


TELEGRAPH HILL (Distorted Humor—Little Belle, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Kentucky and was second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Dubai Dancer, a full-sister to Little Belle, won a minor route stakes at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori


DARWIN (Big Brown—Cool Ghoul, by Silver Ghost) is a half-brother to Dagnabit, who won the listed Tremont and restricted Aspirant as a 2-year-old. Their dam won a single race, a $7,500 maiden claimer at Tampa Bay Downs, and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Remsen victor Comeonmom. Three of four foals of Cool Ghoul to race have won. Cool Ghoul and Comeonmom are out of Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap victor Single Blade. Darwin was the second most expensive of 44 yearlings by Big Brown to sell at auction in 2011 and is the most expensive of 14 juveniles by his freshman to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling; $1.3 million Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)